Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Court of Appeals District IV
Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Justin W. Paull
Case No.: 2017AP1210-CR
Officials: KLOPPENBURG, J.
Focus: 4th Amendment Violation Unreasonable Search and Seizure
Justin Paull pled guilty to and was convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, third offense. On appeal, Paull challenges the circuit court's denial of his motion to suppress the results of a warrantless blood draw taken from Paull following a traffic accident. Specifically, Paull argues that: (1) the blood draw violated the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures because the statute on which the officer relied to obtain it is unconstitutional; and (2) the court erroneously ruled that, assuming that the statute is unconstitutional, suppression of the evidence of Paull's blood test result was not appropriate because the evidence was seized "as a result of good faith reliance on existing law."
Like the circuit court, I...